Component menu



Components in SuperMemo display texts, images, sounds, buttons and other objects that can be used in composing a single page of information.

Each component can have its appearance and behavior changed by means of options available from its own component menu. To open the component menu right-click over the component whose attributes you want to change.

The list presented on this page describes all possible options you can find on the component menu of different components of different types. As these options are often the same for various component types, they are all described here. A given component menu might not include an option that is irrelevant (e.g. Reading : Remember extract appears only in text components, while Delete component is common to all components).


You can sequentially switch components into the editing mode by pressing Ctrl+T. This keyboard shortcut makes sure that the next component becomes the current component. After pressing Ctrl+T, all component's shortcuts will refer to the newly selected component.

Component menu items

The following options are available on the component menu:




Sound and video





Download file

Web search

Open in new window




Default color

Display at

Play at


Find in article

Insert HTML link

Download images

Insert OLE object

OLE properties

Button text

Delete component



Browser menu

More about the Component menu

You can set a given component in the editing mode and make it current by pressing Alt and clicking the component (some components will switch directly to the dragging mode wherever the editing mode is absent or irrelevant). If you Alt+click a component in the editing mode, it will be switched to the dragging mode. If you Alt+click the component in the dragging mode, it will return to the presentation mode. Alt+click is very useful. Try it now several times on any component.

Alt+click on the empty element area will act as if all components were Alt+clicked. This is the fastest way of switching all components to the editing mode (or later to the dragging mode and back to the display mode). You will also need Alt+click on the element area to switch the mode of OLE components that do not respond to Alt+click.

OLE components display their own context menus in the editing mode. This menu is dependent on the OLE server application that handles a given OLE object (e.g. if you use an MS Word OLE object, MS Word context menu will be opened if you right click over the OLE component).

In the picture below, several portions of the panorama of Freiburg have been extracted into separate elements (extracts are marked on the original picture in yellow-red):

SuperMemo: The original picture of the Freiburg panorama (too large to view its details) from which 4 picture extracts (marked with bright yellow-red rectangles) have been produced

An exemplary picture of the Download images option in action:

SuperMemo: Download images dialog box makes it possible for you to get images embedded in local pages imported from the net and put them to the image registry

Figure: Download images (Ctrl+F8) makes it possible to download remote images referred to in the HTML code of an HTML component and import them into the image registry. In the picture, pictures to illustrate the Donald Trump article from Wikipedia are being downloaded. At first, images are snapped from the browser renderer as thumbs. Full size images are downloaded in parallel. 5 images of the 34 listed have already been downloaded (as indicated in the caption) while the other 2 are still being downloaded (marked with → followed by the current download progress, i.e. 27.9% and 38.2% completed). You can illustrate the element with the thumbs or you can wait until the full images are downloaded. On an average speed connection, images usually download faster than you can review them. In other words, unlike in SuperMemo 16, you usually do not need to wait for image downloads. Insert will insert the picture to illustrate the article and all its extracts and clozes (those which are ready for insertion are marked with ✔). The thumbs/pictures that have not been inserted, will be available for download in all portions of the text that include the corresponding images.